For most patients, getting dental implants is a big step towards improving their oral health and they want to make sure that they are also doing the best thing for their body. Due to the rise of concerns over mercury used in dental fillings, some patients are partial to the idea of keeping metal out of their mouths entirely. Zircona implants, a cutting- edge alternative that is completely metal free is now being placed by one of Australia’s dental leaders and innovators, our own Dr Dean Licenblat of Sydney Dental Aesthetics and Implants.
‘‘It used to be that people didn’t have much choice when it came to replacing teeth lost through trauma or decay”’ says Dr Dean Licenblat, principal dental surgeon at Sydney Dental Aesthetics and Implants. “Not so long ago, implant dentistry required a hospital visit to undergo day surgery with a specialist. Now with advances in technology and technique, we are performing advanced implant surgery in 20 minutes in the dental surgery using twilight sedation’’ says Dr Licenblat.
Zirconia metal free implants are relatively new in the implant arena with Dr Licenblat being one of the pioneers introducing it to his patients in Sydney, Australia. Abroad, qualified and experienced dentists in the US, have been using Zirconia implants since 2007 and in Europe since the late 1980’s.
Materials used are biocompatible offering high acceptance rates with the body promoting osseointegration,
which means bone can grow around the implant material just as it does around our natural tooth roots.
“Zirconia implants are at the cutting edge of modern dental implantology. A patient who has a metal allergy or opts for a completely metal-free solution can replace missing or lost teeth without trauma to adjacent teeth,’’ says Dr Licenblat. ‘‘While titanium implants remain the most commonly used implants, zirconia implants’ benefits make them more appealing because they are biocompatible, resist corrosion, have a low plaque affinity and do not cause greying of the gums.”
One of the few dental practitioners in Australia offering zirconia metal free implants, Dr Licenblat is a leader in this field, having undertaken a Master’s degree at Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany. He performs implant surgery dentistry at his practice in Sydney’s Martin Place on a daily basis and teaches the technique to dentists all around the world. Dr Licenblat has recently been appointed as a head lecturer for the Australasian Academy of Implants (AIA) and a Founder of the Australian chapter of the prestigious and well- respected California Implant Institute.
Dentistry and implant dentistry will continue to evolve and change over the years and it is important that dentists keep learning and expanding their techniques and procedures. Today patients have more options and are able to select and embrace newer techniques and approaches that best suit their needs whilst helping them to enhance their health and wellbeing.
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